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Steve Brettell. Photographed by Michael D. Wilson

Bird Man

For almost 40 years, Steve Brettell has worked with monkish devotion in a tiny attic workshop, crafting countless exquisitely lifelike duck decoys.

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Boy Oh Boycott

Boycotts can have unintended consequences, and Maine’s history with them has been checkered. When we at Down East received a few impassioned messages warning us that we too were included in a “total boycott of all businesses linked to Maine in any way,” it prompted some reflection.

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L.L.Bean’s Northern Lights

No Maine town celebrates the holidays quite like Freeport, where Discovery Park at the L.L.Bean Flagship Store transforms each year into the epicenter of cheer. Visit this year’s Northern Lights Celebration to share in your family’s favorite holiday traditions — and maybe start a few new ones.

Best of Maine: Family 2013

Sprint across floating lobster crates. Build a fire without matches. Rent a VIP limo for your dog. Photo: William Cullina Unique Athletic Competition  Lobster…

Best of Maine: Outdoors 2013

Surf in Wells. Zip line down Sugarloaf. Have Acadia all to yourself (well, almost). Photo: Paul Rezendes World-Class Nordic Skiing  The 10th Mountain Ski…